Making Friends With Death

with Kirsten DeLeo
Friday 6 October, 7:30pm, to Sunday 8 October, 1pm

Is it possible to come to terms with or even make friends with our own mortality and those dear to us?

We will all die, we just don’t know when or how. How would our lives change, if we took this reality to heart, even in small ways and well before it is imminent?

In the supportive environment of the natural beauty of the Beara peninsula, away from the busyness of everyday life, this special retreat is an open invitation to explore the deeper dimensions of dying and death.

In this process, we may come to discover that death is actually about life; about finding the heart of life and being human.

Participants will learn skilful ways to work with and transform fears around dying and death. It’s also an opportunity to look at what may hold us back and keep us from living fully and joyfully in this very moment.

The retreat includes guided reflections, contemplative practices, mindful movement exercises, and sacred inspiration drawn from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, short talks, practical resources, group discussions and periods of silence. There will be also time to rest and relax, and enjoy nature.


  • Guided reflections, contemplative practices and mindful movement exercises
  • Short talks, practical resources, group discussions and periods of silence
  • Time for rest, relaxation and enjoying nature

The retreat will be held in our clifftop shrine room, with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular ocean views.

Delicious two course vegetarian lunches, with soup and bread in the evenings. Cooked with love at Dzogchen Beara, using homegrown and organic ingredients whenever possible. Tea and coffee.

Book online now

Fee €275
Concession €235

Concession fees are available for students and the unwaged and apply to event fees (including food), not accommodation
(1) to apply please contact
(2) you can avail of a concession only if you stay in the hostel or share a room in a cottage or the Care Centre with your friend/partner, or stay off site.

Dzogchen Beara has a policy of not turning anyone away for financial reasons.
Please email to request assistance from our retreat fund or to discuss flexible payment options.

Limited accommodation is available on-site. Book early!
A list of hostels, B&B’s self-catering accommodation and hotels in the local area is available here.

Vegetarian lunches and light evening meals are provided. The cost is included in your fee.

Online booking here
Enquiries by email or + 353 (0) 27 73032


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Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo
Kirsten DeLeo is a meditation teacher and author of the award-winning book “Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide for Accompanying the Dying”.
Kirsten has accompanied seriously ill patients and their families for more than twenty-five years and has been immersed in Buddhist practice for over twenty years, including a three-year meditation retreat. She helped to pioneer “Authentic Presence”, one of the first training programmes in contemplative end-of-life care in the US. Kirsten lives near Dzogchen Beara where she teaches regularly and supports the guests of the Spiritual Care Centre. Kirsten is known for her clarity and warmth and shares the practices of meditation and compassion in a down-to-earth way.
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